Tonsils, alike kidneys, can be a location of stones formation. Tonsils are located in the back of your throat. One per each side. They are made of tissue made from lymphocytes.
Lymphocytes prevent infections and fight them as well. Their work in the organism should be trapping bacteria and viruses coming in from the throat. However, in many cases tonsils might not be on top of the task they have. This may be due to the evolution of tonsils which happened in a different environment where there weren’t as many viruses and germs.
Removal of tonsils doesn’t necessarily mean that you are more vulnerable to infections, and there is medical evidence of this! The tonsils are full with crannies and nooks where hazardous materials can be caught.
When this process occurs, the debris can make up white formations stored also in the pockets where the tonsils are located. Tonsilloliths, or the tonsil stones are created when this containment in the pockets hardens. It mostly occurs to people with chronic inflammation in this area. Or if there are cases of repeated tonsillitis. Although it is quite uncommon to have this formations in large forms, it does occur.
BAD BREATH: it can be a warning. Presence of sulfur compounds is usually the cause. Research has shown that two thirds of people with abnormal concentration of this sort of compounds also had tonsil stones.
DIFFICULTY WHEN SWALLOWING: location and size of the stone can be a cause of difficulty and pain when swallowing.
SORE THROAT: although it can be difficult to find out what the pain is caused by, tonsils stone may be the source of pain in the area.
SWELLING: the stone is created if there is an infection, the inflammation and the stone can both cause the tonsil to swell.
WHITE DEBRIS: some tonsil stones are noticeable as a lump of white solid material. They are often hidden however. They can be detected by CT scans or MRI.
EAR ACHE: tonsil stones can be anywhere in the tonsil area. Because of nerve connections they might cause a pain in the ear, although the stone is not directly touching the ears.
It is really depending on the size of the stone and its strength.
NO TREATMENT: Many stones don’t require special treatment.
REMOVAL AT HOME: Pics can be used for this purpose, it is some people’s choice. The following link can give you the instructions for such procedure
GARGLE : You need hot and salty water for this. The salt can help with the discomfort.
ANTIBIOTICS: It is of course true that they can help some people, however they cannot solve the problem itself. Side effect should be taken into account too.
SURGICAL PROCEDURE: If the stones are quite large and cause of problems, removal can be the only solution. There are two types of procedure with local and general anesthesia.
Tonsil stones happen more to people that have chronic inflammation. Therefore, the surgical removal of the tissue is the only 100% effective solution. The procedure is known as tonsillectomy. This procedure completely removes the tonsils tissue. A few days after the procedure the patients may feel discomfort.